Program Requirements


Trainees must be registered for all quarters supported by the Cell and Molecular Biology Training Grant.

Autumn, Winter and Spring Quarter:  10 credits or more
Summer Quarter: 2 credits only

Course Requirements


Trainees must fulfill the following course requirements.  If the course requirements have not been met prior to starting on the training grant, the trainee must fulfill this requirement in the first year on the training grant.  Required courses must be taken for a grade.


Each trainee is required to complete the following 2 Conjoint courses:

CONJ 532:  Signal Transduction
CONJ 537:  Transcriptional Regulation


Each trainee is required to complete 2 elective Conjoint courses in addition to the required Conjoint courses.  Additional conjoint courses are recommended.


Each trainee is required to complete 1 course is quantitative analysis.  The following courses meet this requirement:

CONJ 526:  Introduction to Systems Biology and Quantitative Approaches to Biomedical Sciences
PBIO/NEUBEH 545:  Quantitative Methods in Neuroscience
UCONJ 510:  Introductory Laboratory Based Biostatistics
GENOME 560:  Introduction to Statistical Genomics

The CMB TG Director may waive the quantitative requirement if the trainee has already taken a substantive statistics course as a graduate or an undergraduate.  The trainee should apply directly to Dr. Scott for the waiver, with the course title, description of content or a syllabus, and date the course was taken.

Monthly Trainee Meetings Requirement

Trainees must attend the monthly meetings for students funded by the NIH's Training in Molecular and Cellular Biology Training Grant. Participation is required as a condition of support by the Cell and Molecular Biology Training Grant. Meetings will be held once per month from October to May, at a time of the students' choosing. Meeting times and dates will be coordinated through the email system. Two students from the 2nd and 3rd year trainee groups will present at each meeting.

Annual Retreat Requirement

During the Spring Quarter (April or May) a 1-day retreat is held for trainees, advisors, and other faculty and students interested in the program. In a relaxed setting, trainees have the opportunity to present their research, and learn about the work of other students. Students in their final year of support give talks on their research; other students give poster presentations. All students submit abstracts of their research projects for the printed program. Participation of trainees and advisors IS REQUIRED, as a condition of support by the Cell and Molecular Biology Training Grant.

Biomedical Integrity Lecture Series Requirement

Each summer the School of Medicine sponsors the Biomedical Integrity Lecture Series. Videotapes of the lecture series are available at the Health Sciences Library if a lecture is missed. Trainees are required to attend 5 lectures and 3 small group discussions. Lectures and discussion groups attended before the appointment on the TG count towards this requirement. Students should make a note of the lectures they attend, as they will need to include the dates in their yearly progress report.

Publication Requirement

It is important that trainees acknowledge support received from the training grant when they publish a manuscript on research begun OR completed during their appointment.

"(This investigation or your name/initials) was supported in part by Public Health Service, National Research Service Award, T32GM007270, from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences."

Or abbreviate:

"(This investigation or your name/initials) was supported in part by PHS NRSA T32GM007270 from NIGMS."

Please email citations of all publications (including abstracts, book chapters, and journal articles) to the MCB Office. Do not email references in progress; wait until publication. Include PMCID (if available), PMID or NIHMS number.



Continued support by the Cell and Molecular Biology Training Grant is contingent upon maintaining progress considered satisfactory for trainees. During Spring Quarter each year, trainees will submit a report describing their progress. A faculty committee with a representative from each participating department will evaluate each trainee's academic and research progress. The trainee and advisor will be notified of the committee's recommendations and will have the opportunity to discuss any concerns with the Evaluation Committee members.